With a dynamic indoor space and a staff of PGA-certified pros, Minnesota Golf Academy offers a venue for year-round improvement in all facets of the golf game. The academy’s most eye-popping feature is an 11,000-square-foot short-game area where guests practice a multitude of chips, pitches, and approach shots from various lies and distances of up to 50 yards. Designed by PGA instructor Eric Chiles—who taught under golf guru Hank Haney for six years—the short-game area also features a large sand trap, and every shot plays into a two-tiered, 1,625-square-foot green. Reflecting the academy’s emphasis on emulating on-course conditions, the facility’s driving range lets guests place their own tees into the turf so they tee the ball up at a comfortable height. The academy also offers lessons for juniors and adults, club repairs, and club-fitting services with TrackMan technology.
Fog floods the 6,000-square-foot arena as youngsters race behind glowing crates and walls to escape lasers, thus fulfilling the business's Active Play Active Kids philosophy of getting wee ones on their feet and keeping them moving. The laser maze's 30 crisscrossing beams put participants' coordination to the test as they navigate through, and the glowing Lightspace Play Floor accommodates up to four players trying to copy each others' dance moves. At the snack station, kids can recharge with pizza and nachos before challenging friends to air-hockey bouts in an arcade with more than 35 games.